From Beck to Bush, the bubble-grunge, pop-punk, and trip-hop that made '94 classic by SPIN Staff In 1994, the distinction between "mainstream" and "alternative" evaporated. Green Day and the Offspring brought hook-heavy punk to the Billboard charts, middle-of-the-road acts such as Soul Asylum and Live helped calcify "alt-rock" into a blockbuster radio format, and Nirvana's fate as future classic-rock legends was sealed with Kurt Cobain's death. Beck rebranded "loser" as a badge of honor and Trent Reznor said he wanted to... well, you know.
Billie Joe posted some photos of his guitar "Blue" on Instagram. Check 'em out: HERE
In case you missed it Billie Joe performed with Jesse Malin on Thursday night at The Viper Room in Hollywood.
August 11, 2014
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue played a characteristically great set at Lollapalooza this past Sunday. One of the highlights for me — if you feel like playing Where’s Waldo, you can find me in about the 8th row wearing a red Wisconsin hat — was this long cover of Brain Stew by Green Day.
Full article at The Big Lead: HERE
August 07, 2014
Bay Area based engineer and producer Chris Dugan talks with the SoundWorks Collection about his road to Jingle Town Studios. We talk about his journey as a small studio owner to recording the grammy winning Green Day album American Idiot.
Chris also talks about an unreleased Green Day holiday album and his perspective on recording albums with different size budgets.
Listen to the interview at SoundWorks Collection: HERE
August 06, 2014
Ever since Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong bought his first Les Paul junior back in 2000, he's been hooked. Since then he's rarely seen on stage without one. Throughout the past decade, Billie Joe has played various Les Paul Jr's, a Les Paul Special, an SG, and his acoustic signature Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong J-180. Armstrong has even gone so far as to play old Green Day songs, that were originally recorded on other types of guitars, on his LP Jr. So let’s take a look at Billie Joe live on stage with his many Gibson guitars!
“The first time I ever picked up a Les Paul Junior,
July 27, 2014
In New York for radio and TV appearances and performances, they spoke on Monday by phone with Melena Ryzik, in individual interviews, about their early influences, their latest grooming habits and the transition to rock star life. “Currently we’re driving through New York, and there’s many people banging on the windows,” Mr. Irwin said. “Sorry if I seem distracted.” These are excerpts from their conversations.
Q. You started out posting covers on YouTube. What was your inspiration?
Luke Hemmings What really got me into music is the band Good Charlotte, when I was 10. And then it grew into
July 22, 2014
Billie Joe Armstrong isn’t the kind of dude who just sits around on the couch all summer watching soccer and baseball. No, the Green Day singer can’t sit still, which explains why during a break between his band’s touring and recording he’s scored the coolest summer job ever: rhythm guitarist for the reunited Replacements.
Starting with surprise appearance at Coachella in April where BJA helped the legendary 1980s Minneapolis shamble punk icons out by assisting ailing ‘Mats singer Paul Westerberg (who was laid low by persistent back problems), Billie has seemingly joined on as an unofficial
July 21, 2014
As Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena approaches reopening, we take a look at the best acts that have played there in its long history…
Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena reopens in September amid a £26m redevelopment project.
The whole of the venue will be renovated over the coming months, including huge “sky needles” on top of the venue lighting up the Birmingham Skyline at night.
The NIA, due to complete its renovation by December has started The Memory Stage, a social media drive to archive people’s memories of their best experiences at the venue.
With that in mind, we scoured through